We hope you will find the information below helpful as we begin our High Holy Days. On behalf of the NFTY Board and the NFTY Staff, we wish you a healthy, sweet and joyous new year.
In preparation for the new year, we invite you to take time to reflect and renew as we begin a new year. The Elul Self-Evaluation is a perfect way to individually assess our accomplishments, take note of our challenges, and vision for our futures.
Begins Friday, September 18, 2020 at sundown
Ends Sunday, September 20, 2020 at sundown
Begins Friday, October 2, 2020 at sundown
Ends Friday, October 9, 2020 at sundown
Begins Sunday, September 27, 2020 at sundown
Ends Monday, September 28, 2020 at sundown
& Sh'mini Atzeret
Begins Friday, October 9, 2020 at sundown
Ends Saturday, October 10, 2020 at sundown
Join Reform Jewish teens for a meaningful, month-long High Holidays experience! Through fun and engaging virtual programming, we will focus on the core theme of betterment – of yourself, your community, and the world.
We will begin Rosh HaShanah with the intention of becoming the best version of ourselves, and will have a mindful and meditative Tashlich experience as well as the opportunity to find compassion for ourselves as we strive to do better. Next, we hope to see you as we work to better our communities through connection with older generations.
To culminate our High Holidays offerings, we will lead directly into bettering the world through civic engagement, and we will join together as a community for a dessert breakfast. Throughout, there will be smaller supplemental experiences that you can take part in on your own time from the comfort of your own home.
We look forward to observing High Holidays in a non-traditional yet equally important way this year and can’t wait to make memories with you!
Register for all programs at RJ on the Go.
September 19, 2020, 7:00 pm ET
Reflect on your past year, engage on a deep level with peers, and cast off past misdeeds. We will begin with a mixer session to set intentions and then connect through an innovative Tashlich experience. We will say goodbye to Shabbat together with a short and sweet Havdalah service.
Finding Compassion for Yourself with Here.Now.
September 20, 2020 – 5:00 pm ET
As we embark on the Days of Awe and reflect on how we can be better in the new year, sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. In this session, we will learn from Pam Schuller from Here.Now about being compassionate to ourselves as we also work to do better.
Shanah Tovah Card-Making
September 24, 2020 – 7:00 pm ET
COVID has led to increased isolation for the elderly, especially in nursing homes. We will spend time making Shanah Tovah cards and writing letters to elderly nursing home residents while connecting with each other. It will be a meaningful experience for everyone and we hope you’ll join us!
September 29, 2020 – 9:00 pm ET
Even though we will already have broken our fast after Yom Kippur, let’s come together as a teen community to have dessert, close out our High Holidays experiences together, and hang out with other teens.
Vote 5781: A High Holiday Program for Teens
This digital, highly interactive program specifically designed for the High Holidays helps connect Reform Jewish teens to the importance of voting. Through exploring the history of voting rights in the U.S. and our responsibility as Jews, participants will recognize why voting matters and learn about ways to get involved in the RAC’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign: Every Voice, Every Vote. The program is designed to allow congregations to run a program for their teens as part of, or in anticipation of, their High Holy Day offerings. To access the program, please fill out this form and the PDF will be automatically emailed to you.
General Information about High Holy Days
General information and programming tips for the High Holy Days. Need an idea for a HHD program?
High Holy Day Packet
All you ever needed to know about the High Holy Days can be found in this extensive resource packet.
High Holy Day Text Studies
Take a look at some of these great text studies available for your use during the High Holy Days.
Rosh Hashanah Liturgy
This is a ready-to-use Rosh Hashanah Siddur! Included in this .zip File: Tashlich Services, Morning Services, and Evening Services.
Self Reflection to Separation
This program is an opportunity to introduce teens to the period of repentance and reflection during the weeks before the High Holidays. The program gives them an opportunity to reflect on the past year and consider opportunities for change in the coming year.
The Sounds of Kol Nidre
Reform Judaism Magazine's conversation with Marsha Bryan Edelman about the Kol Nidre.
Yom Kippur Liturgy
Ready-to-Use Yom Kippur Liturgy! Included in this .zip file: Neilah Services, Morning Services, and Evening Services.